Hippobottymus by Steve Smallman


Hippobottymus by Steve Smallman

Plinkety-plonk! Tweetily-tweet! The jungle animals are making music to the sound of the bubbling creek! But - goodness me! - what is that naughty hippo up to? A bonkers, musical rhyming story with a laugh-out-loud, farting surprise! Dance and sing along to the musical noises - and bottoms - of the animals in this funny book by the award-winning author, Steve Smallman (Bear's Big Bottom, Dragon Stew). Kids will love the bright and lively illustrations from Ada Grey (Shhh! Don't Wake the Royal Baby). Packed with laughs and rhymes, Hippobottymus is the perfect picture book for parents and children to read aloud.


The illustrations are bright, colourful and lots of fun, but it's the words - brilliantly rhyming and rhythmic - that made this book for me. Read it out loud. Let your children join in with drums, rattles, spoons, anything that makes a good rackety din. It's far too upbeat for bedtime if you like your little ones to go calmly and quietly to bed, but for finger-clicking, toe-tapping, jiggly-giggly enjoyment you just have to share this book with them... Don't miss it! - Serendipity Reviews I found myself banging a beat to this fabulously funny story - against my sons drum, toy chest and even my kitchen pans. No surface was safe. The more we read Hippobottymus together the more our musical side was released... Another sensational book by Steve Smallman... - Book Babblers Blog A superb way to get children stomping and singing, banging and crashing - The Daily Mail This daring duet from Smallman and Grey is surely destined to become a firm favourite among early years audiences who will definitely demand repeat performances and may well want to orchestrate the whole thing themselves - Jill R Bennett There's a period in children's lives... where farts, botty burps, tummy squeaks, trouser coughs, window rattlers, cushion creepers and (in this case) swampy rasps are the most amusing and high-brow form of humour known to man & beast. Hippobottymus is a musical and riotous celebration of that fact, and is absolutely sure to have your little ones giggling and gurgling like drains! - Read It Daddy Blog ...a funny, rhyming story all about the special noises that animals and insects make... with bright and lively illustrations from Ada Grey. Great for an afternoon singalong. - Made For Mums For loud and boisterous kids it provides an excuse to stomp and laugh, and for sleepy ones it has a lovely sense of rhythm in its words and stanzas which give it a nice lilting quality if read quietly. - The Book Bag Young children will find it hard to sit still whilst sharing the crazy, zany fun. - Carousel Magazine

About the Author

Steve Smallman

Steve Smallman lives in Staffordshire with his wife, two dogs and two cats. He has four children and a grandchild. Steve has been illustrating children’s books for almost 30 years and writing his own stories for slightly less. He also teaches illustration workshops in schools, including mural-painting. Steve is the author of Smelly Peter the Great Pea Eater (Winner of the Sheffield Children's Book Award 2009) and The Lamb Who Came for Dinner (Shortlisted for the Red House Children's Book Award and read by Meatloaf on CITV's Bookaboo). When he’s not working, Steve enjoys films, television, gardening and walking in the countryside.

Steve Smallman on Steve Smallman:

I started working as an illustrator when I was in my final year at Art College and now, over 28 years later I still haven't got a proper job! I've illustrated literally hundreds of books, predominantly in educational publishing. A few years ago I was main illustrator for Longman's 'Story Street' reading scheme, illustrating 79 titles and writing 5.

I've worked in children's television, specifically in character development and most notably in the 'Raggy Doll' series in the mid to late 1980's. I have also done a certain amount of licensed work, illustrating characters such as Postman Pat, Bill and Ben and Sesame Street.

I've been described as an 'Animal Artist', not I hasten to add because I'm wild and hairy but because I love to draw animals and especially like to give them human characteristics.

I've been writing children's books for about 6 years and have already had several picture books published with more in development.

I've got 4 great children and although they're all adults now, my memories of them growing up inspire and inform my writing.

Click here to read a Little Tiger interview with Steve Smallman.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 3


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Publication date

6th April 2015



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